525 E. Cooper Avenue
Aspen, Colorado 81611
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bb's has a lot to talk about this season! Beloved Chef Matt Zubrod now heads the kitchen, bringing fresh, classic cuisine with a twist to lunch and dinner. Lunch service returns for the summer, allowing diners to enjoy the gorgeous patio all day. The menu features small plates, large plates, a raw bar and a bar menu. The choice at bb's becomes not only what to eat, but how to dine-to share a variety of small plates, choose a traditional entree, enjoy raw bar offerings, or take advantage of bar dining.
After an Aspen hiatus, Chef Matt has returned to bring his delicious cuisine to bb's. As a veteran of The Ritz-Carlton Hotels, he was twice recognized as one of America's great hotel chefs by the James Beard Foundation. During his time in Aspen, Zubrod opened DishAspen-a favorite local restaurant-and worked as chef at Jimmy's American Restaurant. He also worked as executive chef at the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa. Zubrod competed against Chef Bobby Flay on Food Network's Iron Chef. At bb's, Zubrod will serve up dinner dishes such as Hamachi Sashimi on Salt Brick, Kale and Brussels Salad, Colorado Striped Bass and Flat Iron Steak with Watercress, Artichoke, Tomato & Fingerling Potato Salad. The lunch menu includes Pulled Chicken-Cherry Salad, Kale & Quinoa Caesar and Farm Fresh Egg Omelets.
Adjacent to bb's, Bar bb's, an elevated, sleek glass box overlooking downtown Aspen, is a great place to extend your evening. Enjoy handcrafted cocktail and a well-priced wine list, along with an extensive bar menu. Bar bb's also opens onto an expansive patio.
Owner Bruce Berger and his team are excited to celebrate summer with a format of small plates and large plates featuring locally-sourced ingredients. "I love finding innovative ways to stimulate people's palates," says Berger. The focus at bb's is on interesting, fun, sophisticated dining. Come taste the passion!
-Hours: Lunch 11:30-3, Happy Hour 3:30-5, Dinner 5:30-10, Bar 5:30-midnight-7 days a week
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June 3, 2012
Dinner at BB's Kitchen, across Durant Avenue from the social hub that is Paradise Corner (as locals know it), was a pleasant surprise. I have only - and very frequently - done the brunch scene at BB's, so was excited to see what the dinner menu had to offer. I was not disappointed.
The menu is relatively small, but offers a dish for everyone, whether a pasta or poultry person, a fish fanatic, or a carnivore. Every dish on the menu, which is tweaked every other day during the off-season -just to play around and change it up, -as the waitress put it, is prepared with the freshest local and regional ingredients, and offers up a "farm to table" element. Impressively, the breads, pastas, and preserves are all made in house.
My dinner companion Shannon and I were promptly seated and well taken care of by an attentive waitress who patiently answered all of my questions regarding her favorite items (one of them being a prosciutto and melon appetizer served with almond crusted goat cheese) and, later, the various ingredients in our meal.
Soon after ordering, a plate of warm, buttery pretzel balls were brought to the table - a creative substitute for the traditional breadbasket. The port wine and cherry mustard that was served on the side perfectly complemented the saltiness of the pretzel.
Shannon and I were then served the appetizer we had ordered to share, a caprese-like dish consisting of fresh tomatoes, crostini, and creamy burrata drizzled with balsamic vinegar. The dish tasted like many capreses I've sampled before, but was still delicious. The rich burrata was a welcome change from the classic mozzarella.
After devouring the appetizer (simply labeled "burrata" on the menu), Shannon and I received our main courses - a roasted chicken for her and a Bronzini (Mediterranean sea bass) for myself. My Bronzini was perfection. The fish, prepared with lemon and dill, rested on caramelized fennel, juicy roasted tomatoes, and a delicious lemon butter sauce. I am not typically a fan of fennel, but the licorice-y taste was subtle, and the crunchiness of the vegetable was a wonderful complement to the suppleness of the fish. The tomatoes lent a rich, tart flavor, as did the citrus in the sauce. All in all, a fantastic fish dish.
Shannon's poultry dish was fairly basic but still flavorful. The moist roast chicken was served with a light sauce that included little crumbles of smoky pancetta. The plate was piled with fresh, fat asparagus and roasted potatoes. Both main course dishes were satisfying and delicious.
Then came dessert. I should have known we were in for it with a name like "Peanut Butter Bomb" In one word: Rich. But so, so yummy. The dessert, plenty for two people, was configured in a little tower of chocolatey goodness. A scoop of chocolate ice cream topped a sesame cookie crisp, which balanced atop the "bomb" aspect of the dessert. The bomb was a rich peanut butter mousse on top of a Kit Kat bar base, and then that was coated in a chocolate shell.
Needless to say, Shannon and I left with full bellies... and a chocolate-induced hangover.
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*Reviewer was hosted by BB's Kitchen
February 11, 2012
Best meal I've had in Aspen in a while. Food fresh, service excellant.
July 8, 2011
Such a nice night! We started with the charcuterie plate to share between the four of us. They cure their own meat and it was yummy! Three of us had the lamb - loved the roasted tomato raviolis - that basically made the plate. Also, we tried two desserts - the cheesecake (delish!) and the banana bread. The server was super accommodating and we sat on the patio during a rain storm and didn't get wet at all. GREAT night!!
June 2, 2011
A very nice addition to the Aspen restaurant & bar scene. They have a great patio with beautiful views of the mountain peaks and the Aspen cityscape (such as it is). The indoor bar/lounge is nice too. Our waitress was extremely nice and helpful. Good selection of wines by the glass. I would like to see more variety on the menu, however, including more robust salads and other vegetarian dishes.
January 22, 2011
A fantastic little restaurant with a great menu. I had the Salmon and Butternut Squash soup and both were excellent. The manager was kind enough to bless our table with complimentary desserts and all were delicious. Great service and a trendy atmosphere.
January 12, 2011
Love to try new places and I wasn't disappointed with BB's. I went for Breakfast as I have never found a place in Aspen I love. The whole experience was excellent – what I ordered was delicious (pulled pork, poached egg and salsa on an English muffin) and there was lots of other stuff that tempted me. The space is really nice & comfortable, casual but unique. Wish is was in town a few more days because I would definitely try lunch and dinner. I will be back! FYI – while food is great, they don't take themselves overly seriously as uniform was jeans, white button down, apron and Converse All Stars!